JAPAN: Flight to Moscow

Two years ago when he became Premier of Japan, aging, partially paralyzed Ichiro Hatoyama declared: "My health will not permit me to remain very long as Prime Minister." Last week, still ailing and still talking of retirement, the 73-year-old Premier launched a desperate grandstand play to prolong his political life. He will go to Moscow, he announced, to seek what two other Japanese missions have failed to get—a peace settlement with Russia.

After the last round of talks in Moscow (TIME, Aug. 13), when Russian Foreign Minister Dmitry Shepilov brusquely refused to consider...

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